A young man was shot at by unidentified miscreants in the Barangar area of North 24 Parganas district on Saturday for protesting against sexual harassment of a 15-year-old girl.

According to locals, the girl was returning from school when a group of youths passed lewd comments at her. The girl raised an alarm and sought help from the young man who happened to be an acquaintance. When he protested on her behalf, one of the miscreants pulled out a gun and shot him. He sustained a bullet injury in his right arm and was admitted to R.G. Kar Medical College & Hospital in Kolkata.

The girl and her family have registered a complaint at Baranagar police station. The police have charged the unidentified accused under various sections including attempt to murder and outraging the modesty of a woman.

By the time the police reached the spot the accused had fled. No arrests were made till late in the evening.

In other unrelated incidents,a young man was arrested in Rajarhat on the north-eastern fringes of Kolkata for allegedly molesting a Class VI girl while three persons were arrested and produced before a city court for sexually harassing a woman in the Gariahat area late on Friday night.